Gov. Scott Applauds Fl Student Performance in National Center for Education Statistics Report

December 11, 2012 – Today, Governor Rick Scott applauded the success of Florida fourth and eighth grade students who earned impressive scores on international reading, mathematics, and science assessments according to results released today by the National Center for Education Statistics. Results of the 2011 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) show that Florida students outperformed many of their national and global counterparts on both tests.

Governor Scott said, “For families to benefit from the expanding global economy, Florida students must compete and succeed with students internationally. This report is great news for Florida as our state becomes a hub for global commerce, and grows jobs aimed at meeting the world’s needs. We’ll continue taking steps to enhance Florida’s K-12 system so every Florida child has access to a quality education.”

“I am extremely pleased that Florida students have once again shown that our state’s long-term commitment to academic success is paying off,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “As we move forward to implement more rigorous standards, I am confident we are on the right path to move even higher. My thanks and appreciation to our educators, parents, and school leaders for their exceptional commitment to student educational achievement.”

The reports compare the performance of U.S. fourth-grade students in reading, mathematics, and science, and eighth-grade students in mathematics and science to their peers internationally. TIMSS is an international assessment of mathematics and science knowledge and skills at the fourth and eighth grades given every four years. PIRLS is an international assessment of fourth-grade reading comprehension conducted every five years. The results are reported as scale scores – a conversion of raw scores to a common scale – that allows for a numerical comparison between education systems.

Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)

The average scale score of Florida fourth-grade students is 569. That is the second highest among 53 participating education systems, above the U.S. average of 556, and significantly higher than the PIRLS average scale score of 500. In addition, Florida ranked second behind Singapore in the percentage of fourth-grade students scoring in the advanced level, with 22 percent of students reaching that benchmark. Florida was the only state in the US to participate at a level that allows state-level data to be reported.

Grade 4 PIRLS Reading

Educational SystemAverage Scale Score
Hong Kong571
Russian Federation568
Northern Ireland558
Chinese Taipei553
Ontario Canada552
40 additional education jurisdictions548-310

Grade 4 PIRLS Reading

Educational System

Average Scale Score

Hong Kong 571
Florida 569
Russian Federation 568
Finland 568
Singapore 567
Northern Ireland 558
U.S. 556
Denmark 554
Croatia 553
Chinese Taipei 553
Ontario Canada 552
Ireland 552
England 552
40 additional education jurisdictions 548 – 310

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)


Fourth-grade results show Florida’s average scale score of 545 in mathematics is ninth among 57 education systems, four points above the U.S. average, and notably higher than the TIMSS average scale score of 500. Florida’s eighth-grade average scale score of 513 is above both the U.S. average scale score of 509 and the TIMSS average scale score of 500, and ranks sixteenth out of 56 education systems.

Grade 4 TIMSS Mathematics

Educational System

Avg. Scale Score

Singapore 606
Korea 605
Hong Kong 602
Chinese Taipei 591
Japan 585
Northern Ireland 562
North Carolina 554
Belgium 549
Florida 545
Finland 545
England 542
Russian Federation 542
United States 541
Netherlands 540
Denmark 537
Lithuania 534
Quebec Canada 533
Portugal 532
Germany 528
Ireland 527
Ontario Canada 518
37 additional education jurisdictions 516 – 248

Grade 8 TIMSS Mathematics

Educational System

Avg. Scale Score

Korea 613
Singapore 611
Chinese Taipei 609
Hong Kong 586
Japan 570
Massachusetts 561
Minnesota 545
Russian Federation 539
North Carolina 537
Quebec 532
Indiana 522
Connecticut 518
Colorado 518
Israel 516
FInland 514
Florida 513
Ontario Canada 512
United States 509
England 507
Hungary 505
Alberta Canada 505
Australia 505
Slovenia 505
33 additional education jurisdictions 502-331















Florida fourth-grade average scale score of 545 ranked seventh, slightly above the U.S. average scale score of 544, and above the TIMSS average scale score of 500. Eighth-grade students’ average scale score of 530 placed them seventeenth, above the U.S. average of 525 and the TIMSS average scale score of 500.

Grade 4 TIMSS Science

Educational System

Avg. Scale Score

Korea 587
Singapore 583
Finland 570
Japan 559
Chinese Taipei 552
Russian Federation 552
Florida 545
United States 544
North Carolina 538
Czech Republic 536
Hong Kong 535
Hungary 534
Sweden 533
Slovak Republic 532
Austria 532
Netherlands 531
England 529
Denmark 528
Germany 528
Ontario Canada 528
37 additional education jurisdictions 524 – 209

Grade 8 TIMSS Science

Educational System

Avg. Scale Score

Singapore 590
Massachusetts 567
Chinese Taipei 564
Korea 560
Japan 558
Minnesota 553
Finland 552
Alberta -CAN 546
Slovenia 543
Colorado 542
Russian Federation 542
Hong Kong 535
England 533
Indiana 533
Connecticut 532
North Carolina 532
Florida 530
United States 525
Hungary 522
Ontario Canada 521
Quebec Canada 520
Australia 519
Israel 516
33 additional education jurisdictions 514-306














For more information, visit PIRLS and TIMSS.

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